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Calcutta from the Strand during the cyclone of 5 October 1864

Calcutta from the Strand during the cyclone of 5 October 1864

Artist: Armstrong, John Arthur (b. 1840)

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: WD4244

Item number: 4244

Length: 24.6

Width: 34.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Watercolour of Calcutta from the Strand during the cyclone of 5 October 1864 by John Arthur Armstrong (b. 1840). Inscribed: 'J. Armstrong 1864'.

This view shows the extent of the sea's encroachment upon the land and the beleaguered shipping in the harbour. During this cyclone, a large number of ships were driven ashore by the wind and waves; the P&O Lines 'Bengal' was deposited in the garden of Bishop's College and the storeship 'Hindostan' was completely wrecked. The city was badly damaged and up to sixty thousand people were killed.

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